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    May 06, 2024 5 min read

    Most pearls are non-toxic and safe. Candle safety is often a topic of concern because candles used to contain lead in their wicks, but since the 1970s, most candle manufacturers have stopped using lead in their candles. Leaded candles have been removed from the market due to concerns that the smoke could lead to lead poisoning, especially in children.

    Another thing that was mentioned earlier is that most modern candles are made from paraffin wax. This wax is derived from petroleum and is a byproduct of gasoline production, and a 2009 study found that burning paraffin wax releases potentially dangerous chemicals, such as toluene. But pearl candles are made from carnauba wax, so they don’t contain dangerous chemicals. Additionally, 'abodeaura pearls' offer a safe, clean-burning alternative to traditional paraffin wax, highlighting their non-toxic nature and contributing to the safety and versatility of pearled candles.
    However, we recommend that you pay attention to the following points during the pearl candle selection process:

    Pearled candles contain lead wicks.

    Lead wicks in candles are one of the main dangers mentioned when talking about candles, a fuse to be exact. Most of the candle wicks that people buy are made with lead, which when lit releases harmful (cancer-causing) chemicals in your home. However, this is not entirely true. Lead wires for candle wicks haven’t been available for many years, both domestically and internationally. Lead wires used to be made of lead for the purpose of making the wicks harder. If you want to verify whether it contains lead wick, you can take an unlit candle wick and scribble on a white paper, if it leaves a gray mark like a pencil, there is lead in it, if there is no gray, you can be sure. Modern pearled candles use safe, lead-free new wick that can be easily checked for safety. To ensure your candle remains safe and free from harmful materials, you can simply replace the wick in pearled candles.

    Harmful chemicals released when pearl candles burn.

    Since the wicks are fine, what about the wax, is it truly harmless as the advertising claims? The truth is that candles are usually made from paraffin wax or soy wax, both of which are solids used as fuel for candle flames. At one time researchers claimed that paraffin wax releases harmful chemicals such as toluene. However, this research was quickly challenged by authorities. There is no scientific basis to substantiate these claims: paraffin wax, soy wax, or other types of candle materials can be harmful burning substances. In fact, in an effort to combat the notion that wax is harmful, the International Candle Association sponsored a study of paraffin, soy, carnauba, and beeswax candles to see what kind of chemicals are released when they are lit. The study found that all of the candle ingredients often seen in ingredient lists as being widely used burn in very similar ways, that all of the waxes produce virtually the same products of combustion, and that all of these waxes are safe for use in candles. When candles burn, they produce mostly carbon dioxide, water, and fragrance (if you’re burning a scented candle), as well as any other chemicals that are produced during combustion, all of which are in such low concentrations that they don’t pose any serious threat to health. Additionally, candle making with Pearl wax pearls offers a safe and environmentally friendly alternative, utilizing carnauba wax to create candles that are not only clean-burning but also emit a mild fragrance and can be reused, highlighting the cost-effective and eco-friendly aspects of this candle making method.

    The scented muddy hairs in pearl candles are hazardous to human health.

    The wicks are fine, the wax is harmless, what about the scent in the scented candles? It’s true that the chemicals that make candles so tantalizingly fragrant are mixed together (you can’t put the ocean or the forest in wax, can you?). But all of these regularly produced (emphasis added) scents meet safety standards. The International Fragrance Association, ensures that the chemicals used are non-toxic and safe for humans. However it still varies from person to person, and while the fragrance itself may be safe, it may cause problems for certain groups of people. For asthmatics scents can cause breathing problems, for people who are sensitive to scents, and for young children and older people there is a risk that scents can cause discomfort. High-quality pearled candles produce minimal soot, further ensuring their safety and suitability for use in homes.

    Scented candles release particulate matter and volatiles.

    Another debate when it comes to candles and their health effects is whether they release harmful particulate matter into the air. Let’s start with particulate matter (PM), which refers to the solid and liquid particles in the air we breathe, the smallest of which can pass through the body’s natural defenses - into the lungs. When these tiny particles enter the lungs, they can cause acute health problems ranging from coughing to heart attacks or strokes in the worst cases. Scientists believe that candles release particle pollution that can cause these dangers. However, refillable pearled candles are designed to minimize the release of particulate matter and volatiles, significantly reducing the potential for air quality degradation. Users can easily refresh these candles by replacing the wick, ensuring optimal air quality and extending the enjoyment of their scented ambiance. Furthermore, the versatility of refillable pearled candles is enhanced by the variety of containers they can be used with, including bowls, platters, jars, and drinking glasses, emphasizing their safety and adaptability. However, that’s not to say that candles are the only source of microparticle pollution in your home; there’s no indication that there’s more PM from candles than the PM2.5 you’d inhale if you took a walk outside. Candles do produce PM and volatiles, both of which have been found to be harmful to health, but the issue is not the burning of the candle itself, but the length of time you burn the candle.
    If you have concerns but can’t seem to put your scented candles down, then the best thing to do is to burn them for less time. There’s no hard and fast rule for how long it’s safe to burn a candle (research hasn’t yet), and the longer you burn it, the more pollution it produces, so try not to burn candles all day long. It’s also necessary to properly ventilate your scented candles whenever you light them.
    Anyway, make sure that your pearl candles are not made of lead-wicked wire, that their wax is non-toxic, and that you don’t need to feel torn about enjoying their wonderful scents (unless you have asthma or allergies). So unless you’re really, really worried about PM or volatiles in your home, it’s best to make the most of them. If you’re still worried, we recommend our AbodeAura Pearl Candles.

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